Finding hope: Harlingen couple promotes lupus awareness

HARLINGEN — It was a step forward. That’s all it took for Jay Garcia to decide to retire from a top management position in a...

County, local cities to distribute sandbags on Wednesday

Cameron County will begin to distribute sandbags for residents at 8 a.m. Wednesday at all county warehouse barns in Brownsville, Olmito, San Benito and...

Trooper Sanchez to be buried next week

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Moises Sanchez will be laid to rest next Friday. Sanchez died Aug. 24 after undergoing surgery. He was 49. DPS...

ERCOT updates mobile app on energy alerts

ERCOT — the Electric Reliability Council of Texas — is upgrading its mobile app that will allow consumers to receive real-time alerts when energy conservation is recommended because the grid is experiencing tight conditions. Officials say the update provides better overall reliability and performance on all mobile devices and eliminates bugs associated with newer versions of the iOS and Android operating systems.

Arrest warrant issued in ice cream-licking incident in Texas

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 24-year-old man who authorities say posted social media video of himself licking ice cream from a carton in Texas and returning it to a supermarket freezer. The warrant charges D'Adrien Anderson of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. The incident happened Monday night at a Walmart in Port Arthur.

Police search for soda machine burglar

Police are looking for a soda machine burglar who was caught on camera. The suspect was seen committing the offenses of theft and burglary of a coin operated machine at a local business. A statement by the San Benito Police Department said the case is actively being investigated. Anyone with information on the burglar is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the San Benito Police Department at 956-361-3880.

H-E-B recalls Creamy Creations ice cream

If you bought strawberry flavored Creamy Creations ice cream from H-E-B you may need to take it back. The grocery store is recalling the ice cream because of the possibility it may have metal fragments from processing equipment that was discovered during routine inspection. To date the company says no one has been injured. The recall is for half-gallon strawberry Creamy Creations with UPC 4122034602 and a Sell by March 12, 2020 date on the package. The ice cream was sold at a number of Rio Grande Valley H-E-B stores.

San Benito hires new fire chief

After nearly two years, there’s a new fire chief in San Benito. Earlier this week, city commissioners met behind closed doors with City Manager Manuel De La Rosa before naming former Houston Fire Department official Danny Dean Watkins the city’s fire chief. “We made the decision based on Mr. Watkins’ overall experience in dealing with management of personnel, administrative responsibilities and fire suppression duties,” De La Rosa stated Wednesday. Read the full story at valleystar.com.

More uproar over Harlingen tax hike proposal

Harlingen residents last night claimed city officials are pushing for a 4-cent tax hike months before a new law requires the city to call an election to allow citizens to decide if it can raise taxes by more than 3.5 percent. It was the second of two public hearings into the City Commission’s plan to boost the tax rate from a little more than 58.8 cents to 63 cents per $100 valuation to balance a proposed $47.8 million general fund budget. Officials argue the 4-cent increase would generate about $1.3 million to fund drainage improvements after the June 24 storm pushed floodwaters into many homes here. Read the full story on valleystar.com.

VBHS to host Breastfeeding Fair

With August serving as National Breastfeeding Month, Valley Baptist Health System is working hard to continually provide education and support on the importance of breastfeeding for newborns and mothers of the community. Those efforts will culminate with Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville’s annual breastfeeding health fair, scheduled for Saturday, August 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Brownsville Farmer’s Market at Linear Park. During the free event, participants will have the opportunity to receive valuable information on breastfeeding, safe practices during pregnancy, and safe baby practices in both English and Spanish, said Samantha Martinez, clinical supervisor of children’s services at Valley Baptist-Brownsville. Free glucose and blood pressure screenings will be available, in addition to free giveaways aimed at supporting new mothers on their breastfeeding journey. Read the full story at valleystar.com.